One recent wrongful death lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Pennsylvania, demonstrates a mother's passion for making sure what happened to her son doesn't happen to anyone else. Despite the fact that a federal judge dismissed the wrongful death suit she brought against an engineering and construction company, the woman plans to continue with her fight. She has vowed to appeal that judge's decision, claiming that she won't give up as long as there is still something to appeal.
The wrongful death lawsuit came about after the electrocution of her son, a soldier in the Army. He was reportedly showering at a palace that once belonged to Saddam Hussein, which was serving as a U.S. Army base at the time. It is at this location where the electrocution occurred. His mother's lawsuit alleges that shoddy electrical work on a water pump was the direct cause of the soldier's death.
The Pentagon later issued a report showing that faulty grounding or equipment actually caused the deaths of nine out of 18 electrocution deaths in Iraq, including the son of the mother involved in this wrongful death lawsuit. The federal judge ruled that she couldn't determine the issue of the engineering company's responsibility for the soldier's death without ruling on the sufficiency of the Army's housing conditions. According to her decision, making a ruling on that issue would violate the doctrine of separation of powers.
This soldier's mother reportedly filed this lawsuit in Pennsylvania to get answers about her son's death, but she also wants to improve safety for American soldiers abroad. She does not feel that justice was served in this case, which is why she plans to press onward with her wrongful death suit by appealing the judge's ruling. It remains to be seen what the ultimate result of this mother's inspirational efforts for accountability in her son's tragic death will bring.
Source: wpxi.com, "Wrongful-death lawsuit in Shaler soldier's electrocution dismissed," July 19, 2012